Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Officers meet American Airlines plane on landing in Hawaii


One passenger who spoke to HawaiiNewsNow, a consortium of three television network affiliates, said a first-class flight attendant deserved much of the credit for preventing the suspect from reaching the cockpit.

American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said Flight 31 landed in Honolulu at 11:35 a.m. local time.

The man was met by authorities when the Airbus 321 landed in Honolulu. Police determined he was drunk, but allowed him to board his flight.

Law enforcement officials identify the man as Anil Uskanil, a 25-year-old from Turkey.

The Department of Homeland Security tweeted that the person was detained and the incident appeared to be isolated. There are no other reports of disruptions, but the department said it is monitoring all flights Friday out of caution.

About halfway through the six-hour flight, the Basdens saw the same man, holding his laptop, with something over his head, which they thought was a towel or a blanket.

"Due to a disturbance during the flight, the crew requested that law enforcement meet the aircraft upon landing in Honolulu", American Airlines said. The FBI says it is interviewing him. Witnesses said a flight attendant blocked him with the drink cart near first class.

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Instead they say he was stopped by a flight attendant who had jammed her serving cart in the doorway that separates first class from coach.

Passenger Allison Forberger, an eyewitness who lives in Kapolei, Hawaii, was seated right behind first class. At that point, passengers came up from behind and grabbed him.

"This morning at approximately 2:45 a.m., officers with the Los Angeles International Airport Police Division responded to a radio call of a passenger going through a door from the Terminal 5 concourse that led out onto the airfield ramp".

"At this early stage, the FBI will not speculate about the nature of this event", according to bureau statement that went on to add "the FBI is unaware of any other threats aboard American Airlines flights or other aircraft".

"We were greeted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation", the passenger added. The flight originated from Los Angeles International Airport.

She recalled the crew member saying, "I need help, I need help, I need to get this guy back to his seat".

When the plane landed, law enforcement officers were waiting. She was not aware of injuries.

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